Business Opportunities In New York

About one year ago I returned to Toronto from a fabulous honeymoon in New York. One thing that struck me while there was the opportunity to do business. I couldn't wait to get back to NYC. People were more open and excited to talk about their side-businesses and entrepreneurial efforts. We overheard many a conversation and talked to several people who discussed business as a regular part of life. Since then I've fantasized about working more in New York. If you're like me, you might be interested in one of a few opportunities to expand your network, learn about your industry or take advantage of a business opportunity in New York right now! Here are twelve events in New York that are great business excuses to visit the Big Apple: 


August 29 - October 6, 2017 Museum of American Finance, New York

An exhibit of profiles and "video interviews from 16 modern-day entrepreneurs that reveal people who creatively identified opportunities and took the initiative to realize their ambitions. In their passion to succeed, entrepreneurs often work 60 to 80 hours a week, with hustle and ingenuity. Entrepreneurs are market-driven and action-oriented, always looking to satisfy customers while guarding against making competitors rich from their work. As you will see, their single most vital characteristic is focused persistence." Entrepreneurs include Zipcar's Steve Hindy, USA Network Raymond Kurzweil, Muriel Siebert, Muriel Siebert & Co. (first woman on the NYSE) and JetBlue's Drew Nieporent.


September 8, 2017 Metropolitan Pavilion West

"Two days of jam-packed events, panels, shopping. Oh, and... we're bringing plus size fashion to New York Fashion Week, September 2017. Previous guests have included: Actress, Amber Riley, Super Model, Ashley Graham, The View's Sherri Shepherd, Grammy Winner, Tasha Cobbs, Grammy Nominee, Kierra Sheard, Blogger, Gabi Gregg, Nadia Abhoulson, Marie Claire's Nicolette Mason and so many more."

 Plitzs New York Fashion Week Shows

September 9, 2017 Hotel Pennsylvania, New York 

This is a unique opportunity for emerging designers to get some practice presenting their designs and for bloggers to make connections in the fashion industry. Come in on the ground floor and create relationships, build your portfolio, and spend some time in one of the 'Big Four' fashion capitals of this century.  

Fashion Tech Week NY Internet of Fashion Expo

September 17, 2017 multiple locations, New York

An exhibit, speakers series and runway/awards ceremony this industry expo is for fashionistas, members of various technology industry and anyone who is curious about the overlap of both.  

Geek of Chick Launch

September 19, 2017 Microsoft Store New York

Celebrate the launch of a new web series that features the designers, developers, engineers and their mobile apps, gadgets, fashionable tech brands and other creations. Mix, mingle and find out how to get yourself featured on this brand new and exciting digital series.  

Travel Bloggers Summit

September 21 - 23, 2017 HI New York City Hostel New York

"Join 100 of the top celebrities, journalists, bloggers and digital media influencers in travel for an epic evening in support of scholarships and grants for youth travel. Held in Manhattan’s largest privately-owned green space - HI NYC’s backyard - enjoy food, drinks, music, and cameos alongside newsmakers from across the industry. This event is the highlight of the 2017 Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, a sequel to the prestigious 2014 White House Summit that made waves around the world. With a purpose to create a more tolerant world through travel, the Summit attracts influencers dedicated to this cause. And together, they will broadcast their experience and united message to more than 50 million followers combined. Proceeds of your ticket go directly into the hands of deserving young adults who want to experience the world - many for the first time." 

Techweek New York

October 16, 2017 various locations New York

"The Entrepreneur ticket gets you all Explorer ticket benefits PLUS additional access to exclusive networking and social events, all Fest knowledge events, and the LAUNCH startup showcase. Entrepreneur is best suited for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and tech executives looking to network and make critical connections, and discover the best startups and other great local companies."

Experience 2017 by Rakuten Marketing

October 25, 2017 New World Stages, New York

This is a conference to network and talk shop about customer retention, storytelling and an integrated approach to advertising. If you are a marketer or if you have a large budget for the marketer on your team this is the event to attend this fall. Key note speakers include *gasp* Ira Glass (host of This American Life)!

BizBash Live

October 25, 2017 Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York 

Your furniture vendor for your next event, live demonstrations of new technology, inspiring educational seminars and opportunities to network are everywhere at this annual convention. 

The 3% Conference

November 2 - 3, 2017 Manhattan Center New York 

Until The 3% Movement came along, only 3% of all U.S. Creative Directors were women. In a world where women influence upwards of 80% of consumer spending and 60% of social media sharing, this is business suicide. Through a mix of content, community and professional development, we've helped raise the number of female CDs to 11% while giving agencies a clear road map of ways to champion female creative talent and leadership. Our movement includes a 2-day annual fall conference, one-day MiniCons in cities around the world, a Certification Program, agency consulting programs, a vibrant online community, a live Super Bowl Tweetup, a student scholarship fund, a business blog and more. 

The Customer Service Summit

November 16 - 17, 2017 Marriott, Brooklyn Bridge New York

Register before September 15th to receive the economy price listed above. Learn customer service best practices from the largest brands in the marketplace including 

Here are a few delicious  I've seen lately. If these listings don't tickle your fancy don't get discouraged. Keep looking, discuss what you want with mentors, recruit colleagues and work on affording to maintain what you want. If you are not interested in building a business from the ground up you can purchase one of these existing opportunities in New York.

African American Book Expo - New York Edition

February 17, 2018 New York

Meet hundreds of readers, bloggers, and fellow writers who write just like you! Learn to master the art of selling while pitching your books to local and national media.

If your interest is not piqued by any of the opportunities above simply take a break and enjoy the scenic areas of New York instead. Whatever your reason for going to New York state your big dreams and big vision will be fed.

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